A summer mix ranges from sci-fi to 'First Eden'

Today's TV

July 06, 1996|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF

Trip back to the '50s, when sci-fi movies contemplated all the horrible things that could result from nuclear fallout (mostly involving things that grow really big), on Sci-Fi tonight.

Fourth of July fireworks (1 p.m.-2 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- If you missed all the hoopla Thursday, shame! Lucky for you, Channel 2 is giving us another chance with this film of the big Macy's Independence Day celebration in New York. You also get to watch (or endure) Chubby Checker and the cast of "Grease."

"The First Eden" (7 p.m.-8 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- British naturalist David Attenborough, whose "Life on Earth" and "The Living Planet" series are among the best television offerings of the past 15 years, visits the Mediterranean region and charts the beginnings of life there. This isn't as good as his earlier efforts but is still impressive -- nobody can get as excited about his subject matter or make it more understandable than Attenborough.

"JAG" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Harm (David James Elliott) tries to get to the bottom of the crash of an F-14 Tomcat -- despite the official story that the pilot was at fault. ABC.

"Spring Fling" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- A bunch of kids descend on a California beach and try to keep it from being sold. Among the adults sharing the screen: Schneider, the maintenance man from "One Day at a Time" (Pat Harrington), and one-third of "Three's Company" (Joyce DeWitt). ABC.

"She Led Two Lives" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Biochemist Connie Sellecca is so nice, she gets married twice. CBS.

Cable

"Trailer Park" (7: 30 p.m.-8 p.m., repeats 11: 30 p.m.-midnight, Sci-Fi) -- Shows like this, a collection of film trailers largely from the '50s and '60s, are always best when they stick with the films, weakest when they allow the host to tell "jokes" and make "humorous" small talk. Host Tom Davis, half of the "SNL" team of Franken and Davis, just isn't funny. But the trailers, for such films as "The Amazing Colossal Man" and "Them," are classics.

"Tabloid Frenzy" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., repeats 1 a.m.-2 a.m. tomorrow, The Learning Channel) -- How do those newspapers find out about all those aliens meeting with the president? Where do they get those pictures of JFK and Elvis chatting over dinner? Maybe this show will offer some clues. Then again, do you really want to know?

Pub Date: 7/06/96

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